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National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, President'S Park (White House)

President'S Park (White House)

Event Details

This beloved American tradition, presented by the National Park Service (NPS) and National Park Foundation (NPF), features musical performances and the official lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in President’s Park. This year, the ceremony and official lighting will take place on Thursday, Dec. 2. In partnership with NPF, CBS will broadcast the 2021 ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 5 (8:30-9:30 PM, ET/8-9 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. The CBS broadcast offers a special opportunity for friends and families across the country to tune in and celebrate this holiday tradition from the comfort of home. For more details, please visit https://www.nationalparks.org/about-foundation/newsroom/mark-your-calendars-99th-national-christmas-tree-lighting-presidents-park. 

Event History

This ceremony is a beloved holiday tradition dating back to Christmas Eve in 1923 when President Calvin Coolidge lit the first National Christmas Tree.  

Nearly one hundred years later, this tradition continues with musical performers and special guests bringing people together in one of America’s National Parks to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. 

After the lighting ceremony and throughout the month of December, visitors are invited to view the National Christmas Tree, as well as the 56 surrounding trees honoring the states, territories, and District of Columbia.

Event Details

This beloved American tradition, presented by the National Park Service (NPS) and National Park Foundation (NPF), features musical performances and the official lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in President’s Park. This year, the ceremony and official lighting will take place on Thursday, Dec. 2. In partnership with NPF, CBS will broadcast the 2021 ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 5 (8:30-9:30 PM, ET/8-9 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. The CBS broadcast offers a special opportunity for friends and families across the country to tune in and celebrate this holiday tradition from the comfort of home. For more details, please visit https://www.nationalparks.org/about-foundation/newsroom/mark-your-calendars-99th-national-christmas-tree-lighting-presidents-park. 

Event History

This ceremony is a beloved holiday tradition dating back to Christmas Eve in 1923 when President Calvin Coolidge lit the first National Christmas Tree. 

Nearly one hundred years later, this tradition continues with musical performers and special guests bringing people together in one of America’s National Parks to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. 

After the lighting ceremony and throughout the month of December, visitors are invited to view the National Christmas Tree, as well as the 56 surrounding trees honoring the states, territories, and District of Columbia.

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  • Event Broadcast

    In partnership with NPF, CBS will broadcast the 2021 ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 5 (8:30-9:30 PM, ET/8-9 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. The CBS broadcast offers a special opportunity for friends and families across the country to tune in and celebrate this holiday tradition from the comfort of home. For more details, please visit https://www.nationalparks.org/about-foundation/newsroom/mark-your-calendars-99th-national-christmas-tree-lighting-presidents-park.  

  • Event Details

    For more event information and updates, please visit thenationaltree.org and follow President’s Park on Facebook  or Twitter.  

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Visit the National Christmas Tree and Lighting Ceremony 2021

There are a lot of Christmas trees in nation's capital - the One City Tree at City Hall, the Capitol Christmas tree, the Smithsonian Castle tree and the many you can see glittering in the windows of DC residents, but there is only one National Christmas Tree.

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In 2020, the Christmas tree was felled but a blustery day. Not only is the National Christmas tree real - it is an actual, living, planted tree. The National Christmas tree is a Colorado Spruce planted on the Ellipse, south of the White House. Over the holiday season, this tree is decorated and a whole holiday extravaganza is set up around it. A new tree was planted in early November 2021.

Now, we don't want you to make the mistake of assuming that the tree is all there is - no sir!  The National Christmas tree is an entire event, filled with a Yule log, a manger, and a large-scale model train.  

There are 56 smaller trees surrounding the big one, dedicated to each state and territory and displaying themed ornaments.  There is also a Santa's workshop, open at various times during the holiday season, as well as performances from musical groups.  The official schedule will be released after the tree lighting: www.thenationaltree.org.


THE 2021 CEREMONY WILL BE VIRTUAL BUT YOU CAN VISIT THE TREE ALL DECEMBER ON OUR HOLIDAY LIGHTS TOUR!

Airing on CBS and Paramount+ on Sunday December 5, 2021 830pm EST, you can watch LL Cool J host the 2021 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. There will be performances by Patti LaBelle, Kristen Chenoweth, Chris Stapleton, H.E.R, Billy Porter and more.

Find out more and watch the ceremony at https://thenationaltree.org/lighting-ceremony/2021-national-christmas-tree-lighting-ceremony/


Visit the National Christmas Tree and Lighting Ceremony:

For 2021, you can visit the National Christmas Tree from December 4 - January 2022 10am-10pm (11pm on Friday and Saturday(.

Metro is always your best choice, as parking is very limited in this area of the city.  Closest stops are McPherson Square or Federal Triangle (both Blue/Orange/Silver lines).  Use this Google map for directions to the tree.

Best of all about the tree, it is right on the way to our tours!
Our National Mall Tour starts a block away from the Ellipse, so this is a perfect thing to do before or after joining us on a tour.

History of the National Christmas Tree

The history of the National Christmas Tree has a little less holiday spirit than expected but that part of the ceremony has grown since it all started in 1923.General Electric wanted more people to use Christmas Lights and thus electricity during the holiday season. It was all arranged by an employee of GE. School children were gathered to sing carols while accompanied by the Marine Band. President Calvin Coolidge would flip the switch himself, to add prestige to the event. A 48' tall tree was donated by Middlebury College in Vermont with patriotic lights of red, white and blue and the annual tradition has been held since. Though some things have changed.

The first ceremony was religious. There was a Christian mass and service and a large cross was illuminated on the White House while shepherds walked to the tree. Now, pop stars sing instead. For some years, it was the tree that sang! Speakers were hidden in the branches and carols were played from 6pm-10pm until NYE.

At first the tree was placed in Sherman Park, then Lafayette Park, Ellipse, South Lawn of the White House, and back to remain to this day at the Ellipse. For those of you not familiar with DC, these are all places that surround the White House.

It alternated homes and types of trees: Balsam Firs, Blue Spruces, trees that had been replanted and some that stood just for one year.

It was 1954 that gave it the permanent location but also the new name: Christmas Pageant of Peace and became a secular event to celebrate the peace of the community in way that many persons, regardless of faith, recognize as a way to celebrate the "holiday season. "

During WWII, the tree was lit a few weeks after Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and not again until 1945. A time when the country could have really used a Pageant of Peace, there was none to be found. It was not lit for economical reasons - save power, resources - but also security - would definitely help the Axiz Powers locate FDR. There were still trees, still decorations (these years made by local school children to honor the fallen) but no lights.

The Hargrove Company has been in charge of decorating the tree since 1954, when Eric Hargrove first began the tradition. This was prior to what we all recognize now as a string of lights, back then, each was manually installed. And when they broke? Well, Santa (or Hargrove in a Santa suit, whichever you choose to believe) would climb up to fix them!

Today we have our 26 foot fall Colorado Blue Spruce, lit with LED lights designed by GE, at the end of the Pathway of Peace. A walkway lined with smaller trees to represent the other states and territories with daily performances of music.


How to get Tickets to the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

The 2021 Lighting Ceremony will be virtual.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony usually takes place on the first Thursday in December each year. The park is blocked off and all the roads are closed so hundreds of visitors can attend a star studded event with music, holiday cheer and the First Family flipping the switch the light the National Christmas Tree.

Each year around October, an online lottery opens up to select who can attend the ceremony. The lottery spots sell out in a matter of hours so to make sure you don't forget when it opens, you can sign up to the mailing list through the National Park Service. Only one application per household, any additional will be ignored. Guests are notified in early November if their ticket was selected to attend the event. The lottery and the tickets are all free.

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The Dortmund Christmas market is open to visitors. However, the new restrictions could spoil the Christmas spirit.

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The stalls of Dortmund's famous Christmas market are lit up in the late afternoon with a myriad of iridescent lights. The alluring smell of German sausages, mulled wine and roasted almonds spreads in the air. And in the center of all this splendor is the world's largest Christmas tree. The tree reaches 45 meters in height and weighs 40 tons. It was installed on November 22, and it will stand until December 30 - if the pandemic does not make its own adjustments.

The annual ceremony of lighting Christmas lights on the Christmas tree, and there are more than 48 thousand of them, is a whole event for Dortmund, and the honorary right to light the lights on the Christmas tree is given to the mayor of the city.

"This year was a little different," says Verena Winkelhaus, Managing Director of the Westphalian Market Trade Association. She noted that due to the pandemic, the ceremony itself was held without guests - instead, an online broadcast was organized. Winkelhaus stressed that despite such changes, she is glad that the Christmas market has opened at all.

Rule 2G and other innovations

This year, the organizers tried to make the Christmas market more spacious so as not to create a large crowd of people. Eight new light installations await guests, which means that in the evening it will become even brighter and more festive in the city center.

However, not everyone will be able to visit the Christmas market. The Christmas market is subject to the 2G rule, so only those who have been vaccinated or have recently recovered from COVID-19 will be able to enjoy the atmosphere in the square. In addition, all visitors to the Christmas market must wear protective masks.

Some say more people attended the Christmas market before the pandemic Photo: Sophie Dissemond/DW

Coronavirus measures against the spirit of Christmas

Many criticize such restrictions. A worker at one of the Christmas stalls, who asked not to be named, complains about the introduction of the 2G rule. She believes that it would be enough to oblige everyone to be tested for coronavirus. However, she hasn't noticed much of a difference yet. The woman notes that on weekends it is especially crowded, "as if everything is in order. "

But there are other opinions on this matter. Salesman Elmar Gusejnov said there was tension in the air right now. "We have concerns that the Christmas market may be closed," he says. However, he is sure that the measures taken are working, and the majority of market guests comply with the rules. By the way, according to Elmar, the atmosphere is much more relaxed during the day than in the evening, when there are more people. However, with more space this year, the Christmas market feels safer.

Elli Hadjibeigi is happy to be back in this festive atmosphere after a year-long break. However, she is concerned about the rise in COVID-19 cases. “I hope that people will be vigilant and get tested for coronavirus more often,” she says.

Even more crowded at night

Marion and Jürgen Kiehl are pleasantly surprised by how the fair is going in 2021. The couple volunteers at a mobile AIDS care center in Dortmund.

2G rule introduced for visitors to the Christmas market Photo: Sophie Dissemond/DW

"People are very relaxed and don't feel controlled," says Marion Kiel, despite the number of random document checks carried out at the market. fewer people than in previous years.

In the meantime, people are actively gathering near the Christmas tree to take commemorative pictures. Who knows how long the Christmas market will be open this year.

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